The last time I had to move my home office I dreaded it, but it turned out that my move was less stressful than I thought it would be. I credit my smooth move to planning ahead and following these five tips.
1. Pack only what you need.
This is the perfect time to trash and donate what you don’t need. Think of the time you’ll save unpacking. Don’t be surprised if you find supplies you forgot you had. This is also a good time to make a list of the supplies you’ll need for your new home office.
2. Measure twice, move once.
Take the time to measure your new home office space and your existing furniture, and plan where you want everything to go. I laid out my office on CAD (computer-aided design) but you can do the same with graph paper and a pencil. If you don’t plan ahead, you may face the same fate as a friend of mine who ordered a top-of-the-line armoire that was too big to round the corner at the top of her stairs.
3. Do an outlet count.
Before you move, make sure your home office has enough outlets. Also, double check that your outlets are grounded. If not, hire a licensed electrician to do the work. If you’re in an older home, chances are that the outlets aren’t grounded so you’ll want to convert those too.
4. Don’t forget Internet access.
Call your Internet provider as soon as you know you’re going to move to make sure you have Internet access before you move. After my previous move, I had to wait a week for Internet access. I don’t recommend that you try to do business full-time on a handheld!
5. Set up your kitchen and home office first.
I moved on a weekday (because it was cheaper) and the first thing I did was set up my laptop. Then I moved to the kitchen where I unpacked dishes, silverware and anything else my family and I would need for the week. When you consider that the kitchen is where most families spend a majority of their time, if you set up your kitchen right away your household can run smoothly while you work.
Running your own business can be stressful. Moving your home office doesn’t have to be. Plan ahead and you can keep your business on track, even while you’re moving.
How have you made a home office move easier?